Historical Atlas Arctic

Historical Atlas Arctic

by Derek Hayes
     
 

The vast empty spaces of the Poles were the last frontier to be assailed by explorers intent on achieving a geographical goal—the North Pole was finally reached in 1909. But long before that men sailed the seas searching for an easier and shorter path to the riches of the orient, and the mapmakers of the day translated sparse information, turning it into often

Overview

The vast empty spaces of the Poles were the last frontier to be assailed by explorers intent on achieving a geographical goal—the North Pole was finally reached in 1909. But long before that men sailed the seas searching for an easier and shorter path to the riches of the orient, and the mapmakers of the day translated sparse information, turning it into often stunningly beautiful maps. The fact that most of the information required to make such a map was missing or erroneous mattered little; the maps live on as testimony to hopes and dreams.

The idea that the Arctic Ocean was an open sea, unable to freeze due to movement and size, drove early mariners to attempt to sail across the top of the world to reach the spices of the east. In so doing, maps were made showing the routes men thought they could take, and the routes they actually took, which were usually vastly different.

Almost 200 historical maps, many never before reproduced, from collections around the world, illustrate all the significant Arctic explorations from the sixteenth century until well into the twentieth. Readable yet scholarly text informs the maps, as each double-page spread tells a story in itself.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
The shape of the Arctic melts and reforms before readers' eyes as they peruse this magnificent collection of maps that illustrate humans' conception of the Arctic regions from 1483 to 2000..A beautiful book.

Peninsula Clarion
Hayes includes a plethora of detail, swashbuckling anecdotes and analytical overviews, all written so well that the atlas is a real page turner..[A]n impressive book, delivering both content and aesthetics.

Library Journal
The author of two previous historical atlases (Historical Atlas of the North Pacific Ocean and Historical Atlas of Canada), as well as First Crossing, an account of Alexander Mackenzie's expedition across North America, Hayes has assembled a remarkable corpus of more than 300 original maps, beautifully reproduced in full color, that document exploration of the Arctic regions over the past 500 years. The great impetus was originally the search for the Northeast and Northwest Passages to reach East Asia by sea. The subsequent race for the North Pole by land, sea, and air has inspired explorers for the past century and a half. The maps included come from the United States, Russia, Canada, Norway, and Greenland and are accompanied by informative text discussing all of the major expeditions for the general reader. There is also a complete "map catalog" and a useful bibliography. This handsomely produced publication is recommended for all libraries, especially those with cartographical collections.-Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295983585
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 12.75(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Derek Hayes , author of the award-winning Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest, trained as a geographer at the University of Hull in England and the University of British Columbia.

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